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The Black Abbey Abbey Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
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The Black Abbey Abbey Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
56 21279
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Reviewed 2 days ago

You can see the abbey from the outside and it is pretty impressive. However note that this is a real church. When we went it there were lots of people in prayer. I didn't want to disturb them so I didn't really get to explore...More

Thank Greystone26508
Reviewed 5 days ago

Off the beaten path but lovely church. You don't have to pay to see it! Met an elderly lady who had just attended Mass and she shared her life with me. It was a close moment I'll never forget.

Thank bluepuppy11
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited a lot of churches and cathedrals while in this great country.We were here late in the afternoon which gave it somewhat of an eerie look to it,no disrespect.The stain glass windows are beautiful.This church is another with an amazing history and is still...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Black Abbey is a little off the beaten path and there were only two other people there when we visited. We did go inside and it was pretty. Worth a visit and within walking distance to St Canice Cathedral.

Thank Eileen P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We could not go inside as they were having services when we were here. The architecture is lovely, though, and a good stop on your walking tour.

Thank travelwiseMiss
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Black Abby is a famous church run by monks and has a long history of surviving major floods and the wars over many centuries, a must see.

1  Thank gruighair
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came upon this Abbey while walking around Kilkenny. What a lovely surprise! I love stained glass and this abbey had beautiful windows! I wish I had been able to attend the service too. Missed it by 30 minutes.

Thank travelsnearandfar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely abbey down a little alley. nice grounds and you can see parts of the original city wall. We did not go in but it is still worth the short walk to see

Thank Mot-Lisa D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little church with interesting history. But the updates(stained glass and chandeliers) look like they belong in a 70's disco. As a church lover, these choices were quite a surprise! At least it was free. The Church of Ireland charges you to see the cathedrals...More

Thank drdeb270
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Historic and beautiful. Highly recommended. An active church that dates from the 1200s. Stained glass itself worth a visit.

Thank DharmaBum2014
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Response from JenniH65 | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure, there wasn't when I was there.
27 November 2015|
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Response from wendhmagz | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure what the opening hours are but Catholic churches are usually open all day every day until around 7pm (depends on the individual church) and you are always welcome to attend mass. There is no charge to visit the... More
5 November 2015|
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Response from DACETC | Reviewed this property |
No charge and we even had the friar give us a bit of ask tour.